Across the United States, thousands of fast food workers are set to go on strike today, demanding a living wage from the likes of MacDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC and other huge restaurant corporations.
The protesters are planning a huge rally to be held today in an effort to raise the minimum wage up to $15 per hour.
Organizers for the event say that the rally will include acts of civil disobedience, and that arrests are expected.
They announced the nationwide protests on the official Twitter account of Fight For 15, a fast food and retail workers union, which is committed to a living wage across America.
The Chicago chapter of Fight For 15 declared: “It’s official: We’re going ON STRIKE again on Sept 4!”
The group is using the hashtag #FightFor15 which is already going viral on Twitter today.
The rally organizers explain that the protests will be held in over 100 cities nationwide.
Kendall Fells, an organizing director for Fast Food Forward, said that what ups the ante from earlier rounds of Fight For 15 protests is that this time they will engage in civil disobedience, a peaceful act of protest, often deliberately breaking trespassing laws. The method was popularized in the Civil Rights Era, by leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“They’re going to use nonviolent civil disobedience as a way to call attention to what they’re facing,” explained Mary Kay Henry, the president of the Service Employees International Union.
“They’re invoking civil rights history to make the case that these jobs ought to be paid $15 and the companies ought to recognize a union.”
Those striking say that few customers think about issues of social justice and wage labor theft while buying burgers and fries.
Catherine Fisk, a professor of labor law at the University of California in Irvine, said to the Associated Press, that “The goal is to persuade workers that it doesn’t have to be this way. The goal is to persuade consumers that it doesn’t have to be this way,” she said. “This is about getting attention to the issue.”
Today's Strike is only the latest of protests launched by labor groups across the United States and even the world, demanding a living wage for all workers.
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